Lucille Stallworth-Lawrence of Patterson had a broken left femur, a cracked pelvis, a fractured left kneecap and injuries to her left arm, she said this week from her bed at a rehabilitation center in San Leandro.
She recalled returning June 24 from a concert in Oakland by the rhythm and blues group New Edition when she saw a pickup driven by Alfredo Saustino-Juarez, 19, of Patterson, heading straight at her.
“I was heading toward Patterson on I-5 when I saw lights coming toward me,” she said this week. “I tried to move to the right to avoid them, but it seemed like they followed.”
Saustino-Juarez died at the accident scene on Interstate 5 near Westley at about 2:30 a.m. while driving the wrong way in one of the freeway’s southbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Toxicology results are pending, according to the Stanislaus County Coroner’s office.
A preliminary CHP report indicated that Saustino-Juarez was driving north in a GMC Sierra pickup in the southbound fast lane on I-5 south of the Howard Road exit. Stallworth-Lawrence told the CHP she swerved into the right lane in her 2010 Mercedes C300 to avoid the pickup, but the truck hit the front left side of her car.
Stallworth-Lawrence was taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, where she was treated for her injuries, and then transferred to Kaiser’s Modesto medical center when she was stabilized, she said. She was transferred to a facility in San Leandro for rehabilitation, she said.
She was not released from the hospital at any point, contrary to a June 28 report in the Irrigator.
“I have to learn how to walk all over again,” Stallworth-Lawrence said.
While she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Saustino-Juarez was not, according to the CHP.